What's Working: Family Promise Keeps Homeless Families Together

What's Working: Family Promise Keeps Homeless Families Together

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In tonight's What's Working, News 5 features the Family Promise organization. This is a nationwide non-profit organization that offers shelter to homeless families. There are several men's and women's shelters in Mobile, but only one place for families.

Here's how the program works. Families are given a place to sleep and meals at different churches every week for up to fourteen weeks. There are over a dozen churches that provide a week of shelter, three times per year. Meanwhile, a dozen other churches provide support services like meals. Executive Director, Teressa Ramsey, says, "It's amazing how well the program runs. "We have over 1,000 volunteers who make this program happen. We run every day of the year. Christmas Day our program is in operation."   The parents also receive career counseling during the day.

In our story, Devon Walsh talks with one woman, Felisha Langley, who spent fourteen weeks in the Family Promise program. She and her two children slept at different churches every week. She is very grateful for all the volunteers who helped her. We were a family in one place. It's not like we were under a bridge. Super Godly people, they opened their church home for you to stay. You never met a cross person who looked at you like you were homeless."

News 5 also spoke with Albert and Sherry Moore, who have been the the Family Promise coordinators at Mt. Hebron Church Ministries for the last seven years. For a week at a time, they coordinate all the meals, hygiene needs, and sleeping arrangements for a dozen families at a time. They often sleep at the church to chaperone. They want to make sure the homeless families' needs are met. Sherry says, "It's a blessing. We see families at their worst and at their best." Albert adds, "They are in a troubled time and being there and able to help them is a blessing to us as well."

Family Promise is always looking for more volunteers and host churches. If you are interested, visit,

http://familypromisemobile.org/.

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